That place where your concentration, motivation and focus is higher than anywhere else. Some people find it by listening to music, some find it by working with others. It’s funny how different locations, emotions and times of the day affect our ‘zone’. Designers are renowned to have an up and down mood, whether that be over a matter of days, weeks or months. We’re never at the top of our game constantly as sometimes we can find our motivation and creativeness in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night. When it happens it happens. Most if not all designers love what they do, sometimes to the point that it becomes a danger as we seem to be unable to stop what we’re doing resulting in an extended amount of time at our desks thus creating this burning the candle at both ends scenario. Fatigue sets in and we’re an emotional mess, unable to find that motivation and ‘zone’ until we’re fully recovered.
My zone is in a room with the door shut and in the pitch black. You’ll find me with my headphones on and the music turned up. Depending on what type of design I’m working on I’ll listen to different genres of music but that’s my place, my operating zone where I’m most comfortable and confident in my own ability. I don’t care at that point if the sun is shining or it’s throwing it down with rain. Needless to say that when I’m in my zone, my productivity goes through the roof.
What’s your zone?